Don’t let Jesse Williams’ sweet face fool you. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star is most certainly about that activist life and proved exactly that whenhe expertly dismantled the overwhelmingly biased reporting surrounding the killing of Ferguson teen Michael Brown. Jezebel reports that during an appearance on CNN, Williams chided the type of journalism that aims to cover up the core issue in Brown’s death—blatant and unchecked racism against blacks in America.

In particular, Williams questioned the media’s decision to focus on the convenience store robbery that took place prior to Brown being killed, even after the press conference held by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas failed to justify why the robbery footage and the name of the officer who killed Brown were released at the same time.

Williams said:

“We also have to talk about the narrative and making sure that we’re starting at the beginning. You’ll find that the people doing the oppressing always want to start the narrative at a convenient part, or always want to start the story in the middle. This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the street for four hours in the sweltering heat. The cop doesn’t call in the shooting, the body isn’t put in an ambulance, it’s shuttled away in some shady unmarked SUV.

This idea that because he stole a handful of cheap cigars, what’s that $5? I’ve lived in white suburbs of this country for a long time, I know plenty of white kids who steal stuff from a convenience store. [There's] this idea that every time a black person does something, they automatically become a thug worthy of death when we don’t own drug crimes. We’re not the only ones who sell and do drugs all the time.We’re not the only ones that steal and talk crazy to cops.

There’s a complete double standard and a complete different experience that a certain element of this country has the privilege of being treated like human beings, and the rest of us are not treated like human beings, period. That needs to be discussed, that’s the story. That’s what gets frustrating for people — because you don’t know five black folks, five black men in particular, that have not been harassed and felt threatened by police officers. You can’t throw a rock and find five of them. We’re not making this up.”

Thank goodness for Williams’ non-PC approach to this matter. It’s refreshing to hear his bold, honest assertion about biased reporting, and hopefully it will steer the attention away from speculation, and more towards the undeniable facts.

33 Comments

  1. Aiych

    I’m proud of him. Especially as a celebrity with a large multi-racial fan base, that takes guts to say what he said on a major national platform. But I like that this doesn’t stop him, he’s speaking truth regardless of the risks and possible backlash. So many people are afraid to do that. It’s inspiring what he said. Got me feeling some type of way, in a good way.

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  2. AfroStyling

    He is one of the few black male celebs that know what the hell they are talking about. i think he and his wife were teachers before hollywood and i believe she is still an educator. Jesse studied AfAm studies if i’m not mistaken. He and john Legend have been very vocal. Meanwhile where are all the other black male celebs to protest the death of one of their own? Even Don Lemon had to become black again.

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  3. Jesse Williams has definitely found a new fan in me. I agree, not only is he easy on the eyes(his wife is a lucky lady).But more importantly, he is extremely intelligent( former teacher)and he knows all too well, the harassment many people of color endure on a daily basis.

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  4. Michelle

    im from south Africa and I like jesse Williams. I never knew he was black, he looks coloured.

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  5. Deidrah

    There is bias on both sides.

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    • vintage3000

      Don’t even start that bs here.

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    • [email protected]

      LOL. I know right. We all over post racial fantasies. We want solutions and straight talk. Jesse Williams and other people are saying what needs to be said.

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    • vintage3000

      Thank you, truthseeker. It’s sickening how they try to justify the brutal murder of this kid, and have the nerve to act as if applying their demonic pretzel logic will protect their damn safety in this country. You are right, this ‘straight talk’ is crucial right now. Enough of this trying not to offend racist caucasians.

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    • [email protected]

      You’re Welcome Sister.

      New information is coming out about the case constantly. The local authorities have shown a great lack of transparency on this issue. They have released the video footage not as a means to find closure or justice, but to express a character assassination campaign against Michael Brown before he was even buried in the ground after his funeral. That is why the federal government is getting involved. The autopsy confirmed eye witness testimonies of Michael Brown being shot not from close range and he was shot at least 6 times being blatantly excessive. Eyewitnesses have clearly said that he was shot even when his hands were placed up. The democratic rights of peaceful protesters have been overtly violated by the police. So, we stand in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown and the community of Ferguson. Yes, the young man Michael Brown should of never been murdered in the first place. The events in Ferguson is a tipping point. It is the beginning of a new era of the black liberation struggle.

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    • vintage3000

      Yes, and their parade of lies–if even the ferguson pd admits the cop did not know Michael was a suspect (and has it even been confirmed that it’s Michael in that video?) then WHY was that video even released against the justice department’s wishes?! Infuriating. That sounds like a bunch of pissed off crackers already mad there is a Black president, a Black attorney general and now here is a respected Black captain coming in after the keystone cops were told to leave. They are so deep in their hatred they don’t realize how bad they look right now. And I certainly hope you are right, it really does feel like a new era and it’s so awful another family is devastated. I read an article with Iris Baez, whose son Anthony was murdered by NYPD years ago. His crime was playing football out in the street, and the ball bounced off a cop’s car. The cops got mad, approached him and killed him with a chokehold. Ms. Baez talked about the systemic devaluing of black and brown lives in this country and how it needs to be addressed on a national level.

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    • [email protected]

      That is great information that you have shown Sister. Even some in the Ferguson PD have said statements which contradict the police versions of events ironically enough. They even said that the cop did not know that Michael was a suspect. We know how many in society devalue the lives of Black and Brown human beings all of the time. It is a systemic problem (of racism, discrimination, poverty, gender oppression, xenophobia, etc.) which goes into the judicial system too. The reactionary racists hate the President, Holder, etc. It is one thing to show cogent dissent with some of the neoliberal policies of the President, but these extremists just call the President including his family (even his children) some of the sick, perverted names. That is one reason out of many that I will never be a Tea Party member at all. I just reject ignorance as you do. The Black captain has shown great eloquence and great strength. We all feel sympathy with the lost of the family. They are going through so much. Also, Iris Baez is a brave woman. We have a long way to go, but we are here. We are fighting and we will never give in nor give up. The same spirit found in our ancestors are with us today. Yes, there should be an addressing of this issue on a national stage. We have to keep on being active and we will continue to defend our Brothers and our Sisters.

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    • Mr. Z

      “and has it even been confirmed that it’s Michael in that video?”

      lol, don’t you remember? to a racist mind, all black people look identical. They process with their eyes, not the brain.

      But all random humor aside, that was the first thing i thought when the news played the video. But lets be honest, did we not expect it?

      Good news is, there will be a hearing and trial. Bad news to follow that however is, if the outcome of this situation follows the path of TM vs GZ… (IMO) There will be something close to a civil war.

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